This course taught me a lot about how to critical perceive my surroundings. I wrote an ethnography in this class on the similarities and differences in marriage in the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Come to understand culture as a way of interpreting experience, and realize that culture informs both social life and individual psychology, shaping and coloring how people perceive and act in the world.
- Grasp the social scientific principles and reasoning involved in ethnography, and recognize the value, limitations, and ethical implications of this way of making sense of social conduct.
- Acquire an informed awareness of other cultural worlds-an appreciation of other ways of being human-of believing, behaving, and belonging, including their kinship organization and ritual, economic, and political practices.
- Learn to see personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and conduct-including kinship organization and ritual, economic and political practices-from the perspective of people with different ideas about the way the world works.
- Develop an increased ability to write effectively.